By Rachel Hwang
I am really and truly terrified.
If there’s one thing internet culture values, it’s the ability to publish and partake of whatever we’d like on the net; anything from school research to porn to pop-culture blogs populated by the likes of yours truly.
The Federal Communications Committee has passed several new rules, written by AT&T and Comcast, that may change all that.
1.Corporations may now censor what’s on your phone. There are pretty much different rules for wired and wireless Internet. If the communication’s network attached to your smart phone doesn’t like certain Web content, you can’t get it.
2. Internet Service Providers, like Verizon, can now charge for “fast lane” service. Small companies and publishers that cannot afford this will be left in the “slow lane,” meaning slower service to customers and readers.
3. Corporations can now make separate “public” and “private” Internets. Private Internet will have all the latest innovations, but will only be available for a fee.
At the very least, people are going to be complaining about there being less porn in the world. Sure, there may be arguments for Internet censorship, such as limiting public exposure to potentially dangerous material, but at what cost? I’m just worried that it’s the corporations that are happiest about this.
Guys, what happened to net neutrality?